Drunk driving is a very serious problem in the United States and it causes about 40 percent of fatal accidents in the country.
In some states of the United States, checking the driver’s breath to see how much he drinks is allowed. However, in some states, police must have a reason to stop and ask the driver to check breathing. Usually, a police officer will try to find a way to detect the alcohol on the driver by smelling the air or trying to make fun of the reason for the inspection.
Police tests may include reading an alphabet or counting numbers, standing on one leg for a specified period, following a straight line, and touching your nose with your index finger while closing your eyes. In the event that a driver refuses to take a test, their driver’s license will be confiscated for 6 months to 1 year.
In the US, drivers are considered not smart enough to drive when the breath contains 35 micrograms per 100ml of breathing air or has 80mg of stimulant in 100ml of blood.
Penalties for drunk driving include fines, imprisonment, cancellation or revocation of driving licenses on the spot and public labor. If the offense is the first time, the driver will be fined and revoke the driver license for up to 6 months. In about 40 states in the United States, repeat offenders after the 1st and 2nd drunk driving will be detained from 1 to 60 days.
In some US states, drunken offenders will be required to participate in alcohol awareness programs. If the accident occurred while the driver was intoxicated, the penalty would be very heavy, especially if the victim was injured or died.
In the United States, it’s also illegal to ride a bicycle, ride a horse, or ride a motorbike while you’re drunk.